Makeup

Feelin’ Blue

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Well, hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend with your family and friends. Jeff and I had a rather full weekend including a Garth Brooks concert. Whaaat?! Yup. Even though I am still trying to catch up on my Z’s, I wouldn’t have changed this weekend with my favorite people for the world!

I don’t know about you, but I am excited for Summer to get here. The warmer weather, the fewer clothes, the bright colors…READY. I’m also excited for all the Summer season makeup and hair. Yes, this may sound crazy, but I have a whole different routine when the months get stifling here in Florida.

I have to completely change my daily makeup routine when the temperatures rise. Sunscreen is used on the daily, the foundation is darker, and primer is a must. I also, find myself getting creative with my eye makeup during these months. Of course, it is a lighter eye makeup application, but I love using fun colors and shimmers a little more. Why the heck not?

In anticipation for the Summer season, I came up with this look using the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eyeliner in Out Of The Blue. Its a matte cobalt color that I’ve come to love to add a subtle pop to my eyes. I start with a basic clean eye and add a nude toned eye shadow (like this one) along with an inner corner highlight (like this one) to keep the eye looking bright and smooth. I start to line the top lash line with the blue liner. I then use a thin slanted brush and add a little gel liner from the pencil to it to get a precise wing on the outer corner of the eye. I have to add my favorite Makeup ForEver Aqua XL liner (it’s waterproof and doesn’t budge all day) to the inner lash line to deepen the look of the lashes. I then apply a few layers of Urban Decay Perversion mascara on top and bottom and my eyes are complete. This is a fabulous way to incorporate color without the total commitment. Perfect for the woman who owns more black clothing than a black cat. Or pretty darn close to it.

 

Makeup

Top Friday Faves: Black Eyeliner

 

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I am a black eyeliner kinda gal. Always have been, always will. One time, I can specifically remember sneaking black eyeliner into my moms shopping cart, because I HAAAD to have it. Luckily, it got mixed in with other items on the checkout belt that we were buying. She didn’t notice and the rest is history.

There’s something about black eyeliner that makes a woman feel a certain way. For me, it boosts my confidence even on the lowest of days and gives my eyes the sultry, sexiness they need. Most clients of mine request black eyeliner in some form or another for their makeup look, to feel their very best.

There are so many black liners on the market these days, how do we choose the best brand, type, consistency for us? From pencils to gels to liquids, there’s something for everyone and everyone has their preference. I, personally, love using different types of eyeliners on the daily. Yes, this sounds crazy. Why not just choose one great eyeliner for everything and be done? Well, to me its not that simple. I feel like to each their own on this one, but I definitely NEED different types to get my makeup to stay through the day.

I first apply a waterproof eyeliner pencil to the waterline of the eye. This way, I have liner all day without budge and it helps define my lash line a little more. I then apply a gel liner with a thin, slanted brush to the top lash line and extend it to create a wing on the outer corner. I find that using a gel liner helps the product glide on with ease. A lot of women are intimidated with this technique, but I find it to be so easy and customizable. And, if it is uneven on one side, just take a bit of concealer and correct it rather than starting over. To finish off the liner portion of my look and make it more dramatic, I’ll go over the gel with a liquid line to intensify the black liner and help it really stand out. Liquid liner is unbelievably hard to handle, so this step helps control it better.

From top to bottom, these are my favorite black eyeliners right now:

  1. MAC Cosmetics Fluidline in Blacktrack– This is my favorite gel liner! It glides on smooth with a thin brush and stays all day. I love the consistency of the product and, honestly, I couldn’t tell you how many jars I’ve bought in my life. It’s that good!
  2. Sephora Collection Stylographic Fine Line liquid liner– I love using this over top of my gel liner. It’s a super thin felt brush that goes on smooth and not messy to intensify any eyeliner. I love this when I’m wanting to really glam up my eyes.
  3. Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel liner– This is a great eye liner when you love a gel consistency. It glides on with intense color and stays for 12-hours. I like to throw this on when I’m in a rush and don’t have time for my fluidine. I also love the fun colors it comes in. I love to get funky with the Out Of The Blue color which will be in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!
  4. Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof eyeliner– I recently picked this up when i was doing a quick makeup run and already I love it. It has a creamy texture that you can apply it super precise or use the sponge on the end to create a smudged, dramatic look. I love how it really stays till I remove my makeup at the end of the day.
  5. Makeup ForEver Aqua XL eyeliner– This is my go-to when I apply black eyeliner to my waterline. I have had a hard time finding an eyeliner that won’t get weird and start moving throughout the day until I found this one. It’s waterproof, which helps, and goes on clean and literally stays all day. I have also bought this one a few times and it is definitely a staple in any makeup bag.
  6. Sephora Collection Glide Liner– I’ve used this to the last drop. This liner gives a an awesome smoky eye look. It’s easy to smudge and stays when set. I wouldn’t try to get too precise as it’s a little difficult, but for the waterline and a dramatic look, this is your perfect eyeliner.

 

What are your favorite black eyeliners you can’t live without?

Makeup

A “Reasonable” Foundation

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Let’s have a heart to heart, shall we??

I hear it all the time from friends, clients, and those just interested in daily makeup, what is the best foundation out there? Well, to me it isn’t about what foundation is THE best. It’s about what foundation is the best FOR YOU. There are so many types of foundation that can help with every skin type. Yes, there are foundations that are made for TV and have a ton of coverage that could quite possibly cover the whole state of Florida MAC Studio Fix, but is it reasonable? No. Yes, there are foundations in powder form that go on with a brush and have a descent amount of coverage, until come five o’clock and have nothing to show for it Bare Minerals, is this reasonable? Hardly. We need one that’s juuuuust right, Goldilocks!

Don’t get me wrong, these are great brands that make an exceptional product and then some, but, to me, these aren’t for the daily wearing consumers. I get so many questions about why a client’s makeup isn’t lasting from day to night or why their makeup is cakey and breaking them out. It’s tricky. Of course, this situation could be caused by a less than perfect primer, buuuut a lot has to do with the perfect harmony of preferred foundation to skin needs.

The perfect foundation isn’t easy to find. From high end brands to coverage to long term promises, it’ll almost make your head spin. I always tell people to see how the foundation looks and feels throughout the day, take pictures, WEAR the makeup, and if it feels great and doesn’t budge, then winner winner chicken dinner. Also, do research on foundations that your interested in. A lot of the time, that celebrity brand foundation you’ve been salivating over actually may not live up to your skin expectations. I know for me, I love a medium to fuller coverage foundation like Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion and Fenty Beauty, so right off the bat, a powder foundation or anything marked “natural” or “light” coverage is out of the question. It’s just my thing, but this is good, because I know what I want and what my skin can handle at the rightful age of 33. I digress.

Foundation is one of those things that can, literally, make or break a makeup look. Heck, it can, LITERALLY, make or break your real life. I specifically remember my sister telling me I had waaay too much foundation one afternoon outside. This will stun you temporarily, and then, from that moment on, I knew to be conscience about my foundation as I put my face on in the morning. Also, it’s a blessing and a curse to have someone so honest in your life. Every girl needs that.

 

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

Skin

Charcoal Powder Teeth Whitening: My Thoughts

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For years, and I mean years, I have had the hardest time whitening my teeth. I have tried every teeth whitening tool on the market with no avail. From strips to trays… Nothing.

To make matters worse, I have been told by dentists over the years of my teeth sensitivity and root exposure on my teeth. I figured no pain no gain (beauty is pain, amiright?), but the pain excelled more and more over the years and trying to whiten my teeth was a nightmare. I eventually gave up as it was just too painful.

Until, I started doing a little research about this charcoal powder that was being used for teeth whitening. I thought it was a fad that would soon die, but as the years went it on, it stuck. I didn’t believe it could actually work. A powder that turns your mouth blue, with zero pain or irritation and with regular use it whitens your teeth?? You lie. But of course, I couldn’t help myself and ended up ordering a jar.

I have to say, this stuff is pretty amazing. Yes, it is messy and turns everything in your sink black and be careful not to get it everywhere, but the pros outweigh the cons. I bought the Active Wow Charcoal Powder brand and I really like it. When used regularly, your teeth are whiter and feel healthier. I like to have a glass of red wine here and there, mostly here, ha, so after using for just two weeks, at night, I noticed a difference. Another pro, it’s made with coconut oil, and the combo with charcoal detoxifies your mouth without harming your teeth enamel. Did I mention it’s made in the USA as well?!

I definitely suggest this for those with teeth sensitivity as an alternative for teeth whitening. The gels and trays are a thing of the past for me.

 

 

Disclosure: I have no affiliation with this company or any of its products. I have used these products and just really enjoy them and highly recommend them to clients.